Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Burn Out Book Tour: Review + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Burn Out book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as a giveaway for a few prizes, including a signed copy of Burn Out. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Burn Out
Release date: April 8, 2014
Publisher: Egmont USA
Genre: YA Dystopia
Series: Burn Out #1

A futuristic blend of Beth Revis's Across the Universe and Lenore Appelhans's Level 2, Burn Out will satisfy the growing desire for science fiction with a thrilling story of survival, intrigue, and adventure.

Most people want to save the world; seventeen-year-old Tora Reynolds just wants to get the hell off of it. One of the last survivors in Earth's final years, Tora yearns to escape the wasteland her planet has become after the sun turns "red giant," but discovers her fellow survivors are even deadlier than the hostile environment.

Holed up in an underground shelter, Tora is alone--her brilliant scientist father murdered, her mother and sister burned to death. She dreams of living on a planet with oceans, plants, and animals.

Unfortunately, the oceans dried out ages ago, the only plants are giant cacti with deadly spines, and her pet, Trigger, is a gun--one of the bio-energetic weapons her father created for the government before his conscience kicked in.

When family friend, Markus, arrives with mercenaries to take the weapons by force, Tora's fury turns to fear when government ships descend in an attempt to kill them all. She forges an unlikely alliance with Markus and his rag-tag group of raiders, including a smart but quiet soldier named James. Tora must quickly figure out who she can trust, as she must choose between saving herself by giving up the guns or honoring her father's request to save humanity from the most lethal weapons in existence.

My Rating: 4 Roses

Thrilling, action-paced, romantic, and full of secrets and betrayals, Burn Out was a fantastic YA read. I really liked this wonderful book. From the characters, to the unpredictable story, this book was amazing.

The world building was well done in this book. The whole scenario of the sun expanding ahead of schedule due to a human mistake, burning the Earth to a crisp, was well thought out, as well as the human reaction to such a catastrophe. There could have been a bit more description about the state of humans now, on the new planet, but I assume we'll be getting that in book 2. Overall, the world building was wonderful.

Tora was a great heroine. She was fiercely loyal to what she believed in and those she loved. She wasn't the kind to go out without a fight and strong enough to survive living literally all alone in a sun-scorched Earth. I really liked her. She was a total badass.

James was an interesting character. He was the kind of person who held his cards close and, therefore, kept a lot of secrets. He was surprising and, by the end of the book, I both adored him and didn't know what to think of him. He was very sweet and clever and truly adorable. But, he was also secretive and the way the book ended left me wondering who he truly was. He was an wonderful character and I really liked him.

The romance was sweet. Though it wasn't the main focus of the book, it was a major point. Tora and James were great together, both strong willed and a match for each other. Though after the way the book ended, I wonder how things will turn out for them...

The plot was well paced and I was kept interested the entire way through. My one issue with the book wasn't that I didn't like a part of it, but just that I wasn't as drawn in as I could have been. But, I definitely still liked the story. There were tons of thrills and secrets that kept me guessing. I really enjoyed the story and the ending has me curious about what will happen next. Can't wait to read book 2!

Burn Out was a fantastic YA read. I really liked this book. From the sweet romance, to the endless thrills, to the surprising secrets, this book was a truly enjoyable read. YA lovers, this is a book you won't want to miss.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Up for grabs is a signed copy of Burn Out, a red sun necklace, and sun survival items. US only.
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About the Author:
Kristi Helvig
Kristi Helvig is a Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist turned sci-fi/fantasy writer. You can find her musing about space monkeys, Star Trek, and other random topics on her blog. Kristi resides in sunny Colorado with her hubby, kids, and behaviorally-challenged dogs.

Tour Schedule:

Week One: 
March 31- Library of a Book Witch- Interview 
April 1- Shortie Says- Review 
April 1-Literary Meanderings- Guest Post 
April 2- Ketch's Book Nook- Review 
April 3- A Book and a Latte- Interview 
April 4- Such a Novel Idea- Review 
April 4- Fantasy Book Addict- Guest Post 

Week Two: 
April 7- Reading with ABC- Review 
April 7- Refracted Light Reviews- Interview 
April 8- Imagine a World- Review 
April 8- Ticket to Anywhere- Guest Post 
April 9- The Demon Librarian- Review 
April 10- Two Chicks on Books- Guest Post 
April 11- Working for the Mandroid- Review 
April 11- Parajunkee's View- Interview


  1. The book sounds amazing'

  2. Thiis looks great!

  3. I look forward to reading your book. I love books.